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Chairmanship: PDP governors insist on North, NEC adopts zoning report

Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party on Thursday insisted that the national chairmanship of the party should go to the North.

This position held sway as the National Executive Committee of the PDP adopted the report of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led PDP zoning committee, at its 94th NEC meeting, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The committee in its report recommended among others that the current offices being held by officers in the southern zones of the country, should swap places with the offices currently in the northern zones of Nigeria.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, who announced the decision of NEC, while speaking to the media after the meeting said, “NEC adopted the report of the Ifeanyi Ugwanyi’s Committee on the Zoning of offices of the National Working Committee.”

 

South-East govs, elite can’t decide Igbo’s fate, IPOB replies Umahi

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra has said governors of the South-East geopolitical zone and the elite in the region were too small to decide the entire fate of the Igbo nation.

The group also noted that alleged plans by governors of the zone to launch counter-secessionist groups, was dead on arrival, claiming that the people had lost confidence in them.

The secessionist group reacted to the statement credited to the Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, who said leaders of the zone was comfortable sticking with Nigeria than move to Biafra.

IPOB, in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, on Thursday said South-East governors and the Igbo political elite represent less than one percent of the Biafran population. The rest of over 99% of the people earnestly ask for Biafra, and the train has long left the station.

 

Herder-farmer conflicts, major threat to peace in Benue -CP

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Benue State Police Command, Tunji Akingbola on Thursday said that the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen have continued to threaten the peace and security of the state.

CP Akingbola explained that the trend had continued despite sustained efforts and collaboration between security agencies, the state government and other community stakeholders.

Speaking at the maiden briefing with journalists in his office, the Benue police boss said a greater part of the state was affected

Akingbola further identified other vices that have continued to threaten the peace of the state to include vandalisation of critical infrastructure especially railway slippers, local militia gangs, cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, humanitarian challenges, violent communal clashes and illicit arms/drug trafficking.

 

IGP says no plan to reinstate disbanded SARS

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, has assured Nigerians that there was no plan to reinstate the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad into the Nigeria Police Force.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement, on Thursday, in Abuja.

Mba said the clarification followed reports making the rounds both online and offline that the IGP had ordered the reinstatement of the disbanded SARS.

He said that the Nigerian Police had re-organised the operational structure of the squad to fill the vacuum created by its disbandment, as the leadership of the Force remained focused on efforts at deepening reforms within the Force.

 

CAR Stun Nigeria In World Cup Qualifier

Nigeria lost its World Cup qualifier with Central African Republic on Thursday with 1-0

The victory for the opponent was scored in the 90th minute by Karl Namnganda, who plays in the French fourth division, to give the Central African Republic a stunning 1-0 away win over Nigeria on

Namnganda came off the bench in Lagos to make only his second appearance for his country after being substituted when he debuted against Liberia last month.

He silenced Nigerian supporters by winning a sprint down the middle of the pitch against two defenders and firing a low shot past goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

But after snatching the lead, a team popularly known as the Wild Beasts survived eight minutes of added time to achieve a famous victory.

 

Biden To Restore National Monument Protections Slashed By Trump

Three national United States monuments will have their protected status restored Friday, continuing Joe Biden’s efforts to roll back the environmental policies of his predecessor.

Under Donald Trump protections around natural areas — often home to endangered species or archaeological sites — were rolled back, outraging conservationists and Native American communities.

The White House on Thursday disclosed that President Biden on Friday will sign three proclamations restoring protections for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments.

 

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